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Senior-laden Cleveland State stuns Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE — Gary Waters wanted to test his Cleveland State team right at the start of the season to see how much it would miss Norris Cole.

Turns out, the Vikings are just fine without him.

D'Aundray Brown, who missed last season with a torn tendon in a finger, had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven steals as Cleveland State opened its season by upsetting No. 7 Vanderbilt 71-58 Sunday in a regional game of the Legends Classic.

"Norris Cole was a first-round draft pick, and now all of a sudden he's gone," Waters said. "You can have first-round draft picks, but when he's your point guard and leading everything, that's a whole different world. I wanted to see starting out early how fast we could adjust and make certain things happen. And when you've got four seniors out on the floor, some things happen."

Cleveland State has four seniors back from a team that won the Horizon League. The Vikings hadn't played since an exhibition Wednesday night and looked fresh, while Vanderbilt (1-1) appeared sloppy and slow after opening Friday night with a late tipoff against Oregon.

"I was very impressed with them and very disappointed in us," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said.

NO. 1 UNC 91, N.C. ASHEVILLE 75: Tyler Zeller had 27 points to help the Tar Heels (2-0) overcome early turnovers and fight off the Bulldogs in their new Kimmel Arena.

NO. 9 L'VILLE 68, LAMAR 48: Freshman Chane Behanan had 10 points and 13 rebounds for a second straight double double as the host Cardinals (2-0) overcame the loss of guard Mike Marra to a left knee sprain at the Global Sports Invitational.

NO. 10 PITT 86, RIDER 78: Ashton Gibbs had 24 points and hit the clinching 3 with a minute left, and the host Panthers (2-0) ended the game on a 16-5 run.

NO. 12 BAYLOR 92, JACKSON ST. 59: Freshman Quincy Miller had 17 points to lead the host Bears (2-0) for the second time.

NO. 16 ARIZONA 73, BALL ST. 63: Kyle Fogg had 21 points, Solomon Hill added 16 points and 11 rebounds and the host Wildcats (3-0) pulled away late.

NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 83, SOUTHERN 58: Junior forward Ray Turner had 20 points for the second straight game, and the host Aggies won in coach Billy Kennedy's first game on the sideline since being diagnosed last month with Parkinson's disease. Associate head coach Glynn Cyprien led the team in its opening victory Wednesday.

NO. 21 CINCINNATI 65, ALABAMA ST. 40: Yancy Gates had 15 points and 11 rebounds for his 14th career double double, leading the host Bearcats in their season opener.

NO. 24 CAL 81, GW 54: Allen Crabbe had 21 points and Justin Cobbs scored eight in a 21-0 run to end the first half for the host Golden Bears (2-0) in the first round of the CBE Classic.


USF 60, MINN. 52: Andrell Smith made 4 of 7 3-pointers and scored 18 to lead the Bulls (1-2) in their finale at the Women's Basketball Invitational Tipoff in Daytona Beach. Smith scored 12 Saturday in a 65-61 overtime loss to Arkansas. "I was upset with the games before, and I knew that I had to come ready to play because I wanted to get a win for my teammates, myself and my coaching staff," she said.

ARKANSAS 55, NO. 14 FSU 52: Sarah Watkins hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to lift the Razorbacks over the Seminoles (2-1) in the Women's Basketball Invitational Tipoff.

NO. 1 BAYLOR 91, CHATTANOOGA 31: Brittney Griner had 19 points for the host Bears (2-0) in the second round of the preseason WNIT.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 99, INDIANA ST. 34: Kayla McBride had 16 points to lead six players in double figures for the host Irish (2-0) in the preseason WNIT.

NO. 3 TENN. 89, PEPPERDINE 57: Glory Johnson had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the host Volunteers in their opener. Before the game, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia, received the Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award. "I appreciate it, and I'm humbled by it," Summitt said.

NO. 4 UCONN 77, HOLY CROSS 37: Bria Hartley had 17 points and Tiffany Hayes 16 as the Huskies won their 84th straight home game in their season opener.

NO. 5 STANFORD 76, GONZAGA 61: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 33 points and 18 rebounds, and the Cardinal (2-0) won its 64th straight home game.

NO. 9 L'VILLE 73, MISSOURI ST. 64: Cierra Warren shot 8-for-8 and scored 18 for the visiting Cardinals in their opener.

NO. 11 MD. 72, NO. 10 G'TOWN 53: Alyssa Thomas had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the host Terps (2-0) over the Hoyas (1-1).

NO. 12 PENN ST. 65, MTSU 49: Zhaque Gray had 15 points, Maggie Lucas added 14 and the Lions (2-0) rallied to win their Lady Lion Classic.

NO. 15 OKLA. 117, SACRAMENTO ST. 55: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 28, and the host Sooners fell two baskets shy of a school record for scoring in their season opener.

NO. 16 RUTGERS 73, CAL 70: Betnijah Laney and Monique Oliver had 18 points each in the host Scarlet Knights' season opener.

NO. 17 PURDUE 75, IUPUI 45: K.K. Houser had 18 points and six steals for the host Boilermakers in their season opener.

NO. 20 UNC 91, S.C. UPSTATE 34: Freshman Brittany Rountree had 15 points for the host Tar Heels (2-0).

NO. 22 UCLA 74, TENN. ST. 52: Rebekah Gardner had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Bruins (2-0) in the second round of the preseason WNIT.

Senior-laden Cleveland State stuns Vanderbilt 11/13/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 13, 2011 11:44pm]
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